The Norman Transcript


August 20, 2013

Grant funds to bring work force to Moore



City council members approved the solicitation of emergency bids for demolition and debris removal of several of those properties. The duplexes are rental properties and classified as commercial, so they were not eligible for FEMA funded debris removal.

One owner of several of the properties is a state representative in New Hampshire, council members said.

“He was expecting us to do it,” Eddy said. “When he learned FEMA wouldn’t do it, I think he lost interest.”

FEMA expects commercial properties to have insurance to cover demolition and debris removal costs.

Eddy said there is a pending contract on the property, and Moore will put a lien on the property to recoup its money upon the sale. Jones said one interested buyer from Edmond is hoping to purchase all of the properties and has plans to “do something nicer” with the lots.

Rebuilding is well under way. Eddy said 147 new home permits were issued last month. He also reported that the tornado-damaged shopping center at 19th Street and Santa Fe Avenue is set for demolition by the owner on Aug. 26.

City leaders formally adopted the Central Moore Park Long-Range Master Plan. The plan for a destination park was unveiled at a special meeting last month. Moore voters passed a $24.7 million bond referendum in November to pay for the park.

Council members also approved a contract renewal with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments for Phase II of the Wasteload Allocation Study at the Canadian River.

Moore’s total share for the study is $190,167. So far, the city has paid $184,127, leaving just more than $6,000 for the final payment.

Joy Hampton



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